Tomato Peach Caprese

Looking for the best caprese salad? Try this peach and tomato salad variation. With a torn fresh mozzarella, prosciutto di Parma and basil herb sauce, this is no ordinary tomato peach salad. It makes a great summer side dish and you can scale it to as many diners as you like. Try Tomato Peach Caprese before the summer peaches are gone…

Ingredients for the caprese salad.

Can’t get enough of those heavy heirloom tomatoes and honey sweet peaches that are flooding the markets now? Well, it’s time to make the best caprese salad — when each of the ingredients is at its apex. This easy tomato peach salad puts those Farmer’s Market finds to good use and allows each element to shine. That’s important because there’s only four ingredients in this tomato peach caprese.

Ingredients for peach caprese salad

  • Ripe Peaches
  • Heirloom or Beefsteak Tomatoes
  • Fresh Mozzarella Cheese
  • Prosciutto Di Parma
Making the lemon herb dressing in a food processor.

Herb sauce for tomato peach caprese

Many tomato peach salads use a drizzle of balsamic vinegar as the final garnish to the composed dish, but, this fresh herb sauce with a hit of citrus is livelier, brighter and zingy. It only takes a few minutes to make if you chopped the herbs by hand, but if you’ve got a mini food processor or blender, it’s ready in mere seconds.

Herb sauce ingredients:

  • Fresh Basil
  • Fresh Mint
  • Lemon
  • Honey
  • Olive OIl
  • Salt
The herb dressing with a piece of mint in it.

This herbaceous sauce is bright, chunky and goes so well with the nectar sweet peaches and juicy perfumed tomatoes.

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Tips for making the herb sauce

  • If you’re making the herb sauce ahead of time, cover with plastic wrap and press the plastic directly onto the herbs to prevent them from oxidizing. Refrigerate.
  • Don’t dress the tomato peach salad until you’re ready to serve. 
  • If you have a powerful blender, this will be a smooth sauce, in the mini prep, it will be slightly chunky and if chopped by hand, the sauce won’t have the same bright green hue. All are good, so go with whichever you prefer.
Arranging the peaches, heirloom tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and prosciutto on a platter.

Best peaches for the salad

Use the ripest, most fragrant, sweet and heavy peaches you can find. That generally means you’ll have a 1-2 month window of availability for this peach caprese… Take advantage of it. Try to find the freestone variety of peaches as they’re the easiest to peel. If you can’t get freestone, however, cling will work as well (just use a vegetable peeler to gently remove the skins.

Best tomatoes for caprese

Ripe, heavy, and fragrant tomatoes will make the best caprese salad. Look for something grown locally if you can, because they’ll typically be the most flavorful (unless you live in South Florida, like me. Our tomato season isn’t until January, so you’re gonna have to “import” from somewhere else). Good varieties to look for: Heirloom Tomatoes, heavy Beefsteak tomatoes or Ugly Ripe).

Can I use any ham for this salad?

I love Prosciutto Di Parma for this composed dish. It’s soft, buttery with that funky aged punch of umami, but other thinly sliced, cured hams would work as well.  Try shaved country ham (Surryano), Serrano ham or Westphalia.

Best cheese for caprese

The last ingredient for this tomato peach salad is mozzarella cheese. A small ball of fresh, soft mozzarella packed in water (but patted dry before use) adds a creamy bite that doesn’t compete with the fresh produce. You can also use burrata, but you’d want to arrange it with a ball of the burrata in the center of the platter instead of breaking it up as it’s runny inside.

a platter of tomato peach caprese with herb sauce on the side.

Assembling the salad

As you can see, the assembly of this salad is really just a hodgepodge of layering and it doesn’t have to be perfect. I start with the tomatoes and peach slices and then tuck in ribbons of ham and chunks of cheese to fill the gaps. Finish with a  judicious dose of fragrant basil mint herb sauce and serve.

What to serve with the peach caprese:

A closeup photo of the tomato and peach salad.

More easy tomato salads you might like: 

Tomato peach caprese with herb sauce on a platter.
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Peach Caprese with Herb Dressing

In the summertime, when the peaches and tomatoes are ripe, I like to change up our standard Caprese.  With salty prosciutto and fresh mozzarella cheese drizzled with a fresh herb sauce, this is a special side dish!
Author: Lisa Lotts
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword basil, mozzarella, peaches
Dietary Restrictions Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, Vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 ripe peaches peeled, pitted sliced
  • 2 medium heirloom or beefsteak tomatoes sliced crosswise
  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese torn
  • 4-5 slices prosciutto di Parma

For herb dressing

  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • ¼ cup mint + additional for serving
  • 1 lemon
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon honey
  • ½ cup olive oil

DIRECTIONS:

For The Herb Dressing:

  • Zest the lemon. Add 1 teaspoon zest to a mini food processor or blender. Add the basil, mint, salt, honey, 2½ tablespoons of lemon juice (from the zested lemon) and ½ cup olive oil and pulse until the herbs are chopped and the dressing is thick and chunky. Set aside.
  • On a medium serving platter, arrange peaches, tomatoes, mozzarella and prosciutto in layers.
  • To serve, drizzle 2 tablespoons olive oil over the peaches and 4-5 tablespoons herb dressing – or more to taste. Enjoy! Sprinkle with additional basil and mint for garnish.

NOTES:

If you don’t want to make an herb dressing a balsamic glaze is another good option. Look in the market for commercial brands (such as Blaze Glaze), or put 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar in a pot and set over a medium heat until the liquid becomes syrupy and reduces by half. Drizzle over the peaches.

NUTRITION:

Calories: 287kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 355mg | Potassium: 436mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1525IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 126mg | Iron: 1mg

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14 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    What a beautiful recipe and my gosh did it taste amazing. The entire family went crazy for this Peach Caprese with herb dressing dish. I am bookmarking to make again.

  2. 5 stars
    The colors are incredible – red, followed by greens, than orange-ish… Fabulous caprese that must be as tasty as it is beautiful – perfect for this summer!

    1. I know, those colors really POP, don’t they?

  3. 5 stars
    Ooh I’ve never had peaches in a caprese salad before. Looks amazing!

  4. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness does this look delicious. What a great way for me to use up that big box of peaches that I just bought. Can’t wait to try!

    1. We’ve been enjoying the fresh peaches too! So good!

  5. 5 stars
    This dish looks like the perfect flavorful option for any gathering! I love the idea of peaches along with an herb dressing! YUM!

  6. 5 stars
    Should have had this recipe when I had my two cases of peaches–next year!

  7. This looks great – I just bought a box of peaches, thinking it’s last ones in season… I will definitely try this. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Enjoy! It’s one of those sweet, salty, creamy, bright – everything-in-one-bite dishes!

  8. Wow, you very appetizing food, your pictures make it more delicious 🙂 I never tried peach caprese before, thanks for sharing Lisa.